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    • ISBN:9780748113316
    • Publication date:01 Jul 2010

Good Bones

By Margaret Atwood

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* Margaret Atwood's classic short stories reissued with a stunning new jacket style along with other titles from her backlist

A treasure trove of collected works from the legendary author of The Handmaid's Tale and Alias Grace

Queen Gertrude gives Hamlet a piece of her mind.
An ugly sister and a wicked stepmother put in a good word for themselves.
A reincarnated bat explains how Bram Stoker got Dracula hopelessly wrong.

Bones and Murder is a bewitching cocktail of prose and poetry, fiction and fairytales, as well as some of Atwood's own illustrations. It's pure distilled Atwood: deliciously strong and bittersweet.

'A marvellous miniature sample case of Atwood's sensuous and sardonic talents' Times Literary Supplement

Biographical Notes

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than thirty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. The Handmaid's Tale, Cat's Eye, Alias Grace and this have all been shortlisted for the Booker Prize and she has won many other literary prizes in other countries.

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  • ISBN: 9781844086924
  • Publication date: 28 Jan 2010
  • Page count: 160
  • Imprint: Virago
A marvellous miniature sample case of Atwood's sensuous and sardonic talents — TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
Savagely hilarous — THE LIST
Her wit and humour are perfectly complemented by a penetrating eye for the false and absurd — THE SUNDAY TIMES
Full of fun and invention, with an edge that cuts through preconceptions...an entertaining sampler of Atwood's cleverness and imagination — NICOLETTE JONES, INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
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Outrages

Naomi Wolf
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Naomi Wolf
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She-Merchants, Buccaneers and Gentlewomen

Katie Hickman
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Katie Hickman
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Picnic in the Storm

Yukiko Motoya
Authors:
Yukiko Motoya

Published in the US as The Lonesome BodybuilderWinner of the Akutagawa Prize and the Kenzaburo Oe Prize. 'These arresting, hyper-real stories linger in the imagination . . . By the first few sentences, you know you're hearing the voice of a remarkable writer; by the end of [the story] "An Exotic Marriage", you're certain that Yukiko Motoya's shivery, murmuring voice will never completely leave you' Financial Times 'Delightful . . . Fun and funny . . . The style will remind readers of the Japanese authors Banana Yoshimoto and Sayaka Murata, but the stories themselves . . . are reminiscent, at least to this reader, of Joy Williams and Rivka Galchen and George Saunders' The New York Times Book ReviewA housewife takes up bodybuilding and sees radical changes to her physique - which her workaholic husband fails to notice. A boy waits at a bus stop, mocking businessmen struggling to keep their umbrellas open in a typhoon - until an old man shows him that they hold the secret to flying. A woman working in a clothing boutique waits endlessly on a customer who won't come out of the fitting room - and who may or may not be human. A newly wed notices that her husband's features are beginning to slide around his face - to match her own.In these eleven stories, the individuals who lift the curtains of their orderly homes and workplaces are confronted with the bizarre, the grotesque, the fantastic, the alien - and, through it, find a way to liberation. Winner of the Kenzaburo Oe Prize, Picnic in the Storm (published in the US as The Lonesome Bodybuilder) is the English-language debut of one of Japan's most fearless young writers.'People around the world have been whispering Motoya's name in my ear. Now she's translated into English!' Gary Shteyngart'Readers who still enjoy fiction for sheer entertainment should get their hands on these stories' The Japan Times

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House of Glass

Susan Fletcher
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Susan Fletcher
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The Dark Dark

Samantha Hunt
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Samantha Hunt
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The Incendiaries

R. O. Kwon
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R. O. Kwon
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Brief Cases

Jim Butcher
Authors:
Jim Butcher

Magic. It can get a guy killed. Return to the world of the Dresden Files with Harry Dresden (the only wizard in the Chicago phone book) and friends as they solve supernatural mysteries, protect the helpless, and fight evil.Brief Cases is a new collection of Dresden Files stories which will include an original novella, from international bestseller Jim Butcher.Stories included in this collection: 'Curses', 'AAAA Wizardry', 'Even Hand', 'B is for Bigfoot', 'I was a Teenage Bigfoot', 'Bigfoot on Campus', 'Bombshells', 'Jury Duty', 'Cold Case', 'Day One', 'A Fistful of Warlocks', 'Zoo Day' (original novella taking place between Skin Game and Peace Talks)

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The Last Girl

Nadia Murad, Jenna Krajeski
Authors:
Nadia Murad, Jenna Krajeski
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Listening In

Jenny Eclair
Authors:
Jenny Eclair
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The Heart Goes Last

Margaret Atwood
Authors:
Margaret Atwood
Virago

Stone Mattress

Margaret Atwood
Authors:
Margaret Atwood

BY THE AUTHOR OF THE HANDMAID'S TALE AND ALIAS GRACEA recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband. An elderly lady with Charles Bonnet syndrome comes to terms with the little people she keeps seeing, while a newly formed populist group gathers to burn down her retirement residence. A woman born with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire, and a crime committed long ago is revenged in the Arctic via a 1.9 billion-year-old stromatolite.In these nine tales, Margaret Atwood ventures into the shadowland earlier explored by fabulists and concoctors of dark yarns such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Daphne du Maurier and Arthur Conan Doyle - and also by herself, in her award-winning novel Alias Grace. In Stone Mattress, Margaret Atwood is at the top of her darkly humorous and seriously playful game.*Praise for Stone Mattress 'Dark and witty tales from the gleefully inventive Margaret Atwood. Witty verve, imaginative inventiveness and verbal sizzle vivify every page' -SUNDAY TIMES'Atwood has characters here close to death, dead already, unwittingly doomed or - in one memorable case - freeze-dried; but her own curiosity, enthusiasm and sheer storytelling panache remain alive and kicking. Anyone keen to consign literary fiction to an early grave will have to deal with her first' -INDEPENDENT'Atwood's prose is so sharp and sly that the effect is bracing rather than bleak' -GUARDIAN

Sphere

Stranded

Val McDermid
Authors:
Val McDermid

'There are stories here which will make you shudder, and which will linger long in the mind' Ian RankinPassion. Obsession. Revenge.A stunning collection of chilling short stories from the queen of the psychological thriller.White nights of passion and revenge in St. Petersburg.A bingo-hall tyrant trapped by masked intruders.The sleazy flipside of the international publishing scene.Nineteen nail-biting, intense and intricately plotted crime stories from one of the UK's greatest psychological thriller writers, this diverse collection demonstrates the scope of Val McDermid's imagination and her immense powers as a storyteller.

Virago

The Tremor of Forgery

Patricia Highsmith
Authors:
Patricia Highsmith

A gripping novel that explores the shifting sands of moral values - is murder still murder when committed in a lawless place?'Highsmith is the poet of apprehension rather than fear . . . Highsmith's finest novel to my mind is The Tremor of Forgery, and if I were asked what it is about I would reply, "apprehension"' Graham GreeneHoward Ingham finds it strange that no one has written to him since he arrived in Tunisia - neither the film director that he is supposed to be meeting in Tunis, nor his lover in New York who is, he hopes, missing him. While he waits around at a beach resort, unable to progress on the film script he is there to write, he starts work on a new novel, about a man living an amoral double life. Howard also befriends a fellow American who has a taste for Scotch and a suspicious interest in the Soviet Union, and a Dane who appears to distrust Arabs intensely. When bad news finally arrives from home, Howard thinks he may as well stay and continue writing, despite the tremors in the air of violence, tensions and ambiguous morals.

Virago

On Writers and Writing

Margaret Atwood
Authors:
Margaret Atwood
Virago

MaddAddam

Margaret Atwood
Authors:
Margaret Atwood

By the author of The Handmaid's Tale and Alias GraceToby, a survivor of the man-made plague that has swept the earth, is telling stories.Stories left over from the old world, and stories that will determine a new one. Listening hard is young Blackbeard, one of the innocent Crakers, the species designed to replace humanity. Their reluctant prophet, Jimmy-the-Snowman, is in a coma, so they've chosen a new hero - Zeb, the street-smart man Toby loves. As clever Pigoons attack their fragile garden and malevolent Painballers scheme, the small band of survivors will need more than stories.

Virago

Oryx And Crake

Margaret Atwood
Authors:
Margaret Atwood

By the author of THE HANDMAID'S TALE and ALIAS GRACE* Pigs might not fly but they are strangely altered. So, for that matter, are wolves and racoons. A man, once named Jimmy, lives in a tree, wrapped in old bedsheets, now calls himself Snowman. The voice of Oryx, the woman he loved, teasingly haunts him. And the green-eyed Children of Crake are, for some reason, his responsibility. *Praise for Oryx and Crake:'In Jimmy, Atwood has created a great character: a tragic-comic artist of the future, part buffoon, part Orpheus. An adman who's a sad man; a jealous lover who's in perpetual mourning; a fantasist who can only remember the past' -INDEPENDENT'Gripping and remarkably imagined' -LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS

Abacus

The Mirror Maker

Primo Levi
Authors:
Primo Levi

I hope the reader will be indulgent toward the extreme dispersion of themes, tones, and angles of approach that he will find in this collection. My justification is: the 'pieces' are situated in an arc of time that is close to a quarter of a century, the time of my almost total fidelity to LA STAMPA: and in twenty-five years many things change, inside us and around us. Furthermore, they are conditioned by my intrinsic libertinage, in part willed, in part due to the itinerary fate has reserved for me; I've drunk at various founts and breathed different airs, some salutary, others quite polluted . . .I'm a normal man with a good memory who fell into a maelstrom and got out of it more by luck than by virtue, and who from that time on has preserved a certain curiosity about maelstroms large and small, metaphorical and actual.From Primo Levi's introduction to The Mirror Maker, his eloquent, witty and wise collection of short stories and essays.

Virago

In Other Worlds

Margaret Atwood
Authors:
Margaret Atwood

From the author of The Handmaid's Tale and Alias Grace* Rabbit superheroes. A theory of masks and capes. Victorian otherlands.From her 1940s childhood to her time at Harvard, Margaret Atwood has always been fascinated with SF. In 2010, she delivered a lecture series at Emory University called 'In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination.' This book is the result of those lectures. It includes essays on Ursula Le Guin and H G Wells, her interesting distinction between 'science fiction proper' and 'speculative fiction', and the letter which she wrote to the school which tried to ban The Handmaid's Tale. *'Spooky . . . wild' - Telegraph 'Elegant and witty' - Guardian'Eminently readable and accessible . . . The lectures are insightful and cogently argued with a neat comic turn of phrase . . . Her enthusiasm and level of intellectual engagement are second to none' - Financial Times

Virago

The Sleeping Beauty

Elizabeth Taylor
Authors:
Elizabeth Taylor

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Virago

Alias Grace

Margaret Atwood
Authors:
Margaret Atwood